Kurdistan Adventures is proud to present some selected articles that highlight Kurdistan, our operations and staff.
ekurd.net - Tourism Takes Off in Iraqi Kurdistan by Tracey Shelton - May 2010
ERBIL-Hewlêr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — When it comes to dream destinations, Iraq is unlikely to rate too high on the list for the average western family holiday, but with a significant jump last year in the number of foreign visitors to the semiautonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, organized tour groups have began to see a potential marketing value in “the other Iraq”.
Rudaw article 20 May 2010 - May 2010
In 2007, the majority of foreign tourists to Iraqi Kurdistan came from within the region, Iranians making up a significant proportion, according a Euromonitor International report released last June. Since then tourists from Europe, Australia, and America have slowly been on the increase, according to the report, but until now this group has mostly comprised of young adventurous backpackers. With package tours now on offer western tourism is beginning to diversify.
A Facelift for an Ancient Kurdish Citadel - Time Magazine - Jul 2010
Arbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, is just 340 km north of war-torn Baghdad but may as well lie in a parallel universe. Foreigners can go about freely, crimes and violence against visitors are unheard of, and the most daunting tasks are finding one's way through labyrinthine local bazaars and keeping pace with the legendary Kurdish hospitality.
Time Article - Tourism in Kurdistan - Aug 2010
Its origins are an archaeological riddle worthy of Indiana Jones, but it's also a beacon of an oil-rich future. Welcome to the at least 7,000-year-old Arbil citadel in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, a stunning walled fortress on a roughly 10-hectare site that some experts say is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement on earth (it's still occupied today, by a single family of 12). After years of stop-start negotiations, the citadel is finally set for a face-lift and likely World Heritage status.
20 Best Trips of 2011 - National Geographic - Dec 2010
Considered an oasis of peace and stability in a historically volatile region, the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northeastern Iraq is drawing a growing stream of curious Western visitors to its ancient cities, snowcapped mountains, and bustling bazaars.
National Geographic 20 best trips of 2011 - KRG.ORG - Jan 2011
Highlights include Erbil’s historic citadel and Grand Mosque, the ruins of Salahaddin’s Fortress in Shaqlawa, and the Jarmo Neolithic village archaeological site (7,000 BC) located in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains.
Kurdistan region is place for Western visitors - KURDSAT TV - Jan 2011
The 2010 expansion of Erbil International Airport — located in the provincial capital and main commercial center— has improved access to the region and helped fuel tourist infrastructure development. Recent advances include construction of several new luxury and business hotels and additional escorted small group tours focused on Kurdish ethnic heritage and historic sites.
The 41 Places to Go in 2011 - NYTimes - Jan 2011
As United States forces withdraw from Iraq, a handful of intrepid travel companies are offering trips to the semiautonomous Kurdish region in the north, which has enjoyed relative safety and stability in recent years.